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Accounting students receive CPA exam guides

Submitted photo Davis & Elkins College students now have additional study materials to help prepare them for the Certified Public Accountant Review exam. Representatives of two review agencies who visited the Accounting Club and classes instructed by Assistant Professor of Accounting Lisa Daniels-Smith, center, awarded the study packages. Recipients are, from left, Emily Morgan, Rebecca Smith, Amanda Fewster and Brooke Swecker.

ELKINS — Four Davis & Elkins College students now have a better chance of passing their Certified Public Accountant Review exams as the college has partnered with two CPA review agencies. Plans are also in the works to incorporate CPA preparation work into upper level courses at D&E this fall.

The students, all advisees of Assistant Professor of Accounting Lisa Daniels-Smith, have received CPA exam study packages, each valued at $2,000.

“I’m very grateful to be working with Becker and Wiley because this provides opportunities for our students to successfully pass the CPA exam,” Daniels-Smith said. “Each of the review courses provides the student with in-depth study material and simulations that will be similar to the actual CPA exam. This will help acclimate the student to the actual process while reviewing everything that the student has learned at D&E over the four-year period of college.”

Seniors Amanda Fewster of Westminster, Maryland, and Rebecca Smith, of Elkins, along with junior Emily Morgan, of Elkins, are recipients of the Wiley CPA Excel Course. The study guides include the most up-to-date materials for all four parts of the CPA exam. In addition, senior Brooke Swecker, of Beverly, was selected as the recipient of the Becker Certified Public Accountant Exam Review.

The students agree that getting a head start on preparing for the exam saves them time and grief in the future.

“This really helps so we won’t have to worry about putting off the exam for financial reasons,” Fewster said. “It takes off the pressure and stress because we can start studying parts of the material now instead of doing it all at once later.”

Daniels-Smith, who has worked as a CPA on the local and federal level for more than 25 years, says preparing for the exam involves more than knowledge of accountancy. The four-hour long exams require participants to use specific computer software they may not have used previously. That’s why next fall she plans to add more resources to her upper level classes.

“Taking the exam can be very intimidating,” Daniels-Smith said. “I want to incorporate a lot of the prep work and format from Wiley into the courses because the more times they see this and practice this in the classroom setting, the less intimidated they will be when they sit for the exam and that will increase their chances of passing.”

The Davis & Elkins College Accounting Program prepares students with a foundation for the communication and analysis of financial information in the business environment. Coursework is designed to promote students’ understanding of accounting theory and their ability to apply accounting principles in the business environment. Students may choose to pursue an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.